Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s artistry stemmed from a deep respect for the power of words. With each play, he sought to paint a vivid portrait of reality amidst a sense of wonder. He believed that feeling was the link between the stage and its audience, best achieved through lively prose, a logical story line, and un-restrained imagination. […]Read more "Chikamatsu’s Principles"
Director Keiichi Hara’s 2002 animated feature Colorful is an introspective study of life’s impermanence which teaches the value and rarity of human connection.Read more "Colorful"
Shima Iwashita’s brilliant portrayal of two women wronged by social injustice in Mashiro Shinoda’s 1969 film based on Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s tragic kabuki.Read more "Double Suicide"